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Report: Jets interested in quarterback Kevin Kolb

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb runs out onto

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb runs out onto the field before the game against the Miami Dolphins at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (Sept. 30, 2012) Credit: Getty

It's no secret that the Jets want to increase Mark Sanchez's level of competition heading into the 2013 season. Signing free agent David Garrard was the first step, but the Jets might not be done adding to their quarterback carousel. Kevin Kolb reportedly is on their radar.

According to the NFL Network, the Cardinals are expected to release Kolb before he's due to earn his $2-million roster bonus Saturday. If so, the Jets could pursue him. The team has discussed adding Kolb, according to multiple reports.

The Jets also could target Bears backup Jason Campbell, a free agent. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Jets and Browns are interested in him.

That's not surprising, considering the Jets' quarterback situation. Sanchez may have "a slight leg up," according to new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, but new general manager John Idzik seems determined to hold a legitimate competition despite the $8.25 million owed to Sanchez in 2013.

Kolb, 28, has a history with Mornhinweg from his days as Eagles offensive coordinator. A league source told Newsday that Mornhinweg liked Kolb during their four seasons together in Philadelphia, but another source familiar with Mornhinweg's tenure in Philly used the phrase "liked, not loved" to describe Mornhinweg's feelings about his former quarterback.

Nevertheless, the pair's history is reason enough for the Jets to kick the tires on Kolb.

He was named the Eagles' starter after Donovan McNabb was traded to the Redskins in April 2010, but Kolb eventually was relegated to the backup role behind Michael Vick and traded to Arizona in 2011. Kolb's career with the Cardinals didn't take off. Because of various injuries and inconsistent play, he made only 14 starts the past two seasons while splitting time with John Skelton.

The Cardinals have four quarterbacks on their roster: Kolb, Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer, whom they recently tendered.

The Jets are in a similar situation with Sanchez, Garrard, Tim Tebow (although he's expected to be released soon), Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. But they're still expected to sign another quarterback via free agency or the draft. There are rumblings that the Jets also are interested in former Chief Brady Quinn.

Notes & quotes: Free-agent tight end Dustin Keller concluded his visit with Miami Thursday and left without a contract. The lines of communication are expected to remain open, however . . . Running back Mike Goodson, outside linebacker Antwan Barnes and wide receiver Brandon Gibson visited the Jets yesterday . . . Senior personnel executive Terry Bradway attended West Virginia's pro day, which featured Geno Smith, the potential top quarterback in next month's draft, and wide receiver Tavon Austin.

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